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Be Prepared for Stormy Weather


If you live on the northside of San Antonio, you might already be dealing with the expensive, time-consuming and stressful reality of a home hit by a hail storm. For those of you who bypassed the disaster, or haven’t had time to deal with it yet, here are some tips to better prepare you for the worst.

  1.  Make a checklist of anything you think might have been effected by the storm and take photos. It helps if you have current photos to compare with. You’ll want to look at all the details, such as gutters and fencing.
  1. Call your insurance company immediately. Just because your house may look like it doesn’t have any damage is no guarantee. From the ground you won’t be able to see the extent of the roof damage, for one. It’s always best to have an adjuster sent out right away.
  1. Don’t wait for the adjuster. Start getting estimates on repairs as soon as possible. The better prepared you are, the easier the process will be.
  1. Perhaps one silver lining is homeowners insurance often covers items outside of your house, such as patio furniture.
  1. Do yourself a favor by staying organized. When something unexpected like this happens, being able to easily find receipts and paperwork can be a huge stress reliever.
  1. A cracked windshield is bad enough. With insurance deductibles, it’s likely that could all come out of your own pocket. Although we’re probably never fully prepared for weather damage (even when you see it coming), if you can safely get outside, drape a  heavy blanket and/or large towels over your car, it might just save you from an expensive mess!

If you’re ready to throw in the towel and finally build your dream home, call us at 210-494-5400 to set up a consultation. If you wish to be added to our private email list for our newsletter, please sign up here.

The Power of Solar for your Home

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We’ve explored various roofing options before in a past blog, but we wanted to go a little bit deeper into the amazing benefits of solar roofing, particularly if you live (or want to live) in San Antonio or the surrounding area. The market for alternative, renewable energy sources is growing rapidly and will likely only continue to gain momentum.

Not only is solar roofing a wonderfully green and eco-conscious option where you end up generating money instead of burning it, but locally, many electricity companies are offering consumers rebates when they make energy-saving improvements to their homes.


CPS Energy, which services San Antonio, offers a rebate on solar photovoltaic systems that convert sunlight to electricity. Currently, the power company that services Schertz is also providing solar rebates to consumers.

In fact, these company offer a wide variety of rebates on things from pool pumps to air conditioners and new construction. While these rebates aren’t indefinite, it’s worth noting that rebates on solar roofs have been consistent. CPS even offers one for solar water heaters, up to $2,000. Energy Star estimates that you can reduce your electric bill by 50% when you switch to solar water heaters. For specific information on rebates, it’s best to contact the companies directly for details.


Solar panels have been around a lot longer than solar shingles, which first came into use in 2011. Shingles are installed similarly to asphalt shingles and, in fact, replace the asphalt shingles where they are installed, which can result in modest savings.

Solar shingles can be installed on various types of roofs and most people find them much more aesthetically pleasing than the somewhat bulky appearance of panels. However, panels are considered to be a touch more efficient than shingles, but not by much. Currently, the conversion efficiency of shingles is 19.9% while panels are 20.3%.


-          The financial rewards are by far the best reason to install a solar roof. In case it wasn’t clear, not only do you save money using solar, but if the conditions are right and let’s face it they are in South Texas, you may even start receiving a check from your energy company after a while.

-          Over the long run, a homeowner might save $20,000 over a 20 year time period with a solar roof, at least that’s the national average. In Texas, it will be more like $30,000.

-          Using solar power is a reliable, secure and independent resource that cannot be controlled by a company or agency, which is why even the military is working to install solar power systems.

-          Interestingly, solar power creates jobs. As an energy source, solar power creates almost three times more jobs than money invested in coal or natural gas.

Besides the cost of initial installation, the disadvantages of having a solar roof are virtually non-existent. If this is something you’d like to consider for your new custom home, give us a call at 210-494-5400.

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